Life Skills Market Competition

This new competition was created to teach 4-H members how to evaluate input costs and market value in order to estimate profitability and to teach 4-H members various marketing techniques to sell their products.

Criteria for Competition:

  • Open to any registered 4-H NS member. (Livestock and Life Skills alike)
  • Items must be non-perishable.
  • It is not necessary for the item to be a project item submitted at Achievement Day. However, if it is a project item, it may be only entered in the project class or the Life Skills Market Competition at
    county show.
  • The 4-H member must exhibit their brief, accurate, and concise marketing report which includes the following:
    • Description and photo of the product.
      • Include details that would make the product attractive to consumers. Members are encouraged to use this section to produce a marketing piece such as a print advertisement or social media post.
    • Explain the steps you would take to sell the product.
      • Where? Online or in person
      • When? Seasonal or year round
      • Promotion? Social media, advertising, word of mouth
    • Profitability analysis.
      • Include a complete list of expenses including labour, promotion, costs of selling, tools and materials to produce the product.
      • Include samples of comparable products and establish the selling price.
      • Evaluate the profit or loss of the item. Members are encouraged to expand on this section to evaluate if producing a larger quantity would be more profitable.

Competition Levels

  • County Show
    • Life Skills Market Competition entries (item & report) must be presented at the county show for evaluation to be eligible to move on to 4-H Nova Scotia Provincial Show.
    • There is no limit on the number of Life Skills Market Competition entries per county.
  • Provincial Show
    • How to Enter: All Life Skills Market projects exhibited at county shows will be recorded by your Regional Program Coordinator and entered into the Pro Show Entry list just like all other projects moving on to Provincial Show.
    • Eligible items will be submitted to the Life Skills project drop off at 4-H NS Provincial Show for judging.
    • Items must be dropped off between 1:00 and 3:00pm.
    • The top 10 items will be part of the live Market Auction Friday evening.
    • The remaining items will be placed in a silent auction. The silent auction will take place Saturday 8:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. High bidders can pay for and collect their item Saturday Night 6:00–7:00 P.M. (Members who do not wish to sell their item in the live and/or silent auction can indicate this on their report.)
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